CNN’s David Gergen: There’s ‘nobody in charge’ at the White House

Recent reports about the president’s lack of involvement in the Obamacare rollout border on malfeasance, CNN political analyst David Gergen said in offering a scathing review of White House operations Sunday.

A Government Accountability Institute report released last week said the president met privately with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on only one occasion prior to the program’s implementation.

“I don’t think this is simply sloppiness on the part of the White House,” Gergen said. “What seems to me is there’s a case of near malfeasance here.”

Obama met with various Cabinet members a total of 277 times, according to the report.  Pointing out that former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner met with Obama 27 times, Gergen said it was irresponsible for the president not to take charge of his signature policy issue and blamed Obama over Sebelius for its failures.

“I have no doubt the White House is right, that Secretary Sebelius was in several group meetings with the president about health care,” Gergen said during CNN’s “NewsRoom.” “But the whole point is, there was nobody in charge in the administration.”

Gergen is not considered highly partisan, having worked with presidents from both parties, according to Breitbart, which reported:

Gergen, who has served as director of speechwriting for the Nixon White House, director of communications for both Presidents Ford and Reagan, and then as a senior advisor to President Bill Clinton, is intimately familiar with how the White House operates. In addition, he normally takes a “neutral” position on most matters and often gives those in power the benefit of doubt.

Watch the exchange which begins around the 2:00 mark:

GAI Calendar Report 12.4.2013 PDF.pdf

H/T: Breitbart

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  • lonecracker

    Why is anyone surprised that the POTUS lies???He has a history of lying about important things since childhood. He even lies about unimportant things because he is a pathological liar and has mental problems.
    Also Gergan says “malfeasance” not “near malfeasance”! Impeach!

  • Doc Adam Caldwell

    if he lies about the littlest things he surely lies about the important things

  • James hegarty

    The administration rolled the dice. They came up snake eyes. Shouldn’t have gambled.

  • Cynthia J. McCoy

    Since this president came into office there has been no one in charge in the White House. This guy has been truly the worst president we have EVER had!!!!!!! He takes NO responsibility for anything!!! It’s always someone else’s fault!!!! Sounds like a spoiled child and a bully doesn’t it?????? Well, that is what we have in the White House now!!!!!!!! We need to take several million people and take his eviction papers from OUR house!!!!!!!!! Or press congress to do their job and impeach this worthless president!!!!!!! And do it while we can still fix our nation!!!!!!!!!

  • palintologist

    David “Rodham” Gergen is not considered “highly partisan” by Breitbart? That’s a shocker. He’s about as non-partisan as Colin Powell, “R.”

  • Doug

    Gergen’s been around a long time and should be respected.

  • OldmanRick

    The only one in charge at the witless house is Valerie Jarrett. The others are nothing more than window dressing.

  • Kay

    If Obama was a CEO of a private company, he would have been fired long ago. Since he’s in government, we tend to keep lousy employees… and do not think he’s not our employee. Our elected officials are employed by and for the American people.

    Obama is inept, to the point of negligent incompetence. We the people, will pay the price for years and years to come for the bad policies he has created. It’s more than a bad PR problem for him. It’s a legacy of the worst president in USA history.

  • yoyomo

    Odd? He never corrects the record. He hopes that no one notices. He is letting his cronies do what ever they want. There is no leadership or oversight in the WhiteHouse. And there has not been for the last 5 years. It is just now that the media is noticing this? I don’t get it.

  • yoyomo

    Funny how they claim that Sebelius met with Obama all the time but they do not have any record or proof of this. This is another stunning example of the most transparent administration ever.